Social Entrepreneurship The Case for Definition

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%,ffiioFFu$rilrr$s S-I Af'I l;C) kn SOCIAL INNOVATIOI.t r"rrilirf ltl Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition By Roger L. Martin & Sally Osberg Stanford Social Innovation Review Spring 2007 Copyright @ 2007 by Leland Stanford Jr. University
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T'HE NASCENT FIELD OF social entrepreneurship is grow- ihg rapidly and attracting increased attention from many sec- torS. the term itself shows up frequently in the media, is rel erencedby public officials, has become common on universiry camgUses, and informs the strategy of several promjnent social sectff organizatiors, indudingAshoka and the Schwab and Skoll foundations. The reasons behind the populariry of social entrepreneur- ship are many On the most basic level, there's something inher- entlyinteresting and appealing about entrepreneurs and the sto- ries of trhy and how they do what they do. People are attacted to social entrepreneurs like last year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate MuhammadYunusformany of the same reasons that theyfind business'enfrepreneufs like Steve Jobs so compelling - these extraordinary people come up with brilliant ideas and against all the odds succeed at creating new products and services that dramatically improve people's lives. But interest in social entrepreneurship transcends the phe- nomenon of popularity and fascination with people. Social entrepreneurship srgnals the imperative to drive social change, and it is that potential payoff, with its lasting, transforma- tional benefit to sociery, that sets the field and its practition- ers apart. Although the potential benefits offered by social entrepre- neurship are clear to many of those promoting and fimding these activities, the acrual definition of what social entrepreneurs do to produce this order of magnirude rerurn is less clear. In fact, we would argue that the definition of social entrepreneurship today is anythingbut clear. As a result, social entrepreneurship has become so inclusive that it now has an immense tent into which all manner of socially beneficial activities fit. In some respects this inclusiveness could be a good thing. If plenry of resources are pouring into the social sector, and if many causes that otherwise would not get sufficient fund- ing now get support because they are regarded as social entre- preneurship, then it may be fine to have a loose definition. We ROG E R L. M A RTf N has serued as dem of the J o seph L. Rotmttn S cho oI of Mmagement at the Uniwrsity of Toronto since 1998. He is director of the school's AIC Institute for Corportte Citizenship und sewes on the bottrd of the Skoll Foundttion.
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